FoodScanner Makes Calorie Counting a Breeze [Downloads]

iPhone only: Previously mentioned fitness web site Gyminee has changed names to DailyBurn since we last featured them, and as of today they've also released a new iPhone application that helps track calories by scanning bar codes of over 200,000 foods.

Using the app is simple, as you can see in the video above. Fire it up, point the camera at the UPC code of a food item, and it'll automatically recognize the food and record the nutritional information with your DailyBurn account. Simple, right?

The unfortunate thing about this app is that it can't actually recognize non-processed foods—you know, the generally healthy stuff like fruits and vegetables; you can, however, manually add those items. Still, if you need a little help keeping your eye on your daily intake, whether your eat mostly processed foods or not, DailyBurn and FoodScanner is a solid tool for the job.

FoodScanner is currently only available on the iPhone (no cameras on the iPod touch and all) and has a semi-steep price tag of $3.

Nocs is a Google Docs-Powered Notepad Clone [Downloads]

Windows only: Notepad clone Nocs looks and feels just like the regular Windows utility, but instead of editing local files, it can save and edit text notes directly to your Google Docs account.

Once you've downloaded, installed the utility, and entered your Google account information, you'll be able to create text notes and save them directly to Google Docs. The notes can be encrypted by flipping a switch in the preferences, and you can switch from one account to another easily.

The only real problem is that the notes are stored on the Google Docs side in a single spreadsheet, and not in human-readable format—but if you are looking for a way to quickly store and retrieve notes that can be accessed from any computer (with Nocs installed), this might be worth a look. Nocs is free and open source, available for Windows only.

Evernote 3.5 Beta Brings Tons of Tiny Fixes to Windows [Downloads]

Windows: If you're a happy Evernote desktop user and only wish it looked nicer, moved faster, and was smarter about how it handled your organization tools, the just-released 3.5 beta will make you very happy.

Evernote for Windows doesn't get one big, shining, brand-new feature in this release, but a lot of annoyances were removed, code cleaned up, and fine-grain features were implemented. Click the image above to check out some of Evernote's more polished look in the "mixed" view mode, providing both note item details and the ability to sort by creation date, size, title, and other features.

Search, in particular, got a pretty nice overhaul that will please power users. Choose a notebook and tags you want to start under, then start your search in the right-hand search bar. The whole thing is written out as a sentence, one you can remove or add descriptors and restrictions to. Better still, once you've got your long, intricate searches figured out, you can set them as Saved Searches to run at any time. That, at least for this editor, is a big, big relief.

If you're a text fiend, Evernote 3.5 has a lot of tools to offer. It can import and understand tables, bullet points, and other rich formatting, and recreate them from its own editor. Misspelled words are underlined in subtle red, Firefox-style, and you can set a default font style and size if you're sick of squinting at your notes. Hand-drawn "Ink" notes also look a lot more polished, and Evernote's team says there's "better handling" of long text notes, though I've never really encountered problems with my own massive missives.

Ready to jump in and grab the beta? Don't be so quick. Evernote suggests that if you're already using Evernote for Windows, you need to take a few extra steps:

  1. Export any local notebooks
  2. Completely quit Evernote 3.1 (including the taskbar clipper)
  3. Install Evernote 3.5 Beta
  4. Allow Evernote to sync your notes from the server (this make take some time)
  5. Import the local notebooks

Evernote 3.5 Beta is a free download for Windows systems only.

FeedDemon 3.0 Final is an RSS Addict’s Best Friend [Downloads]

Windows: The official 3.0 version of FeedDemon, the desktop feed reader that synchronizes with Google Reader, is now available, bringing with it many, many fixes, features, and updates for lovers of all things RSS.

The Digital Inspiration blog hosts the huge changelog for FeedDemon 3.0, with the bold-face features including Google Reader sychronization, tagging and "quick tagging" with icons of feed items, hover-over previews of shortened URLs, smart Twitter feed functionality to automatically link @, #, and other Twit-speak, performance enhancements, and—well, it's pretty unfair to try and single out a few of the dozens and dozens of little tweaks made for this release. Suffice to say, if you're looking for a desktop feed reader for Windows, you will not be sorry you at tried out FeedDemon.

FeedDemon 3.0 is a free download for Windows systems only.